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  1. #61
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    Re: Dangerous Spouse Pics

    My apologies for my ongoing absence. Work is still nutty, and I haven't had much time to play. Although the COVID-19 situation here in the NY/NJ area is not quite as challenging to cover, we now have all the protests and political machinations replacing it following the death of George Floyd. On top of that, those of us who are still broadcasting are covering extra shifts to make up for announcers who have been furloughed or laid off. So, often not much time to sleep even, let alone pick up my camera.

    To relieve some of the tedium however, I hit on the idea of trying to capture one of the hummingbirds that frequent our area. Some may recall that last year I decided to try my hand at it, but it turns out it was on the very last day before they migrated south. I captured this:

    Dangerous Spouse Pics-hummingbird-wing-shot.jpg

    and never saw another hummingbird again.

    Until this year. This year I also did my homework, and bought a hummingbird feeder instead of hoping they'd land on our hanging flower basket that's in an awkward spot for taking photos. I set it up on my back porch rail with a chair some 10 feet or so away, and hoped that one of the little buggers would show up when I plopped my butt down between newscasts.

    And some did! These are the first ones I shot, but didn't realize the morning sun back-lighting them would look nice, but dull their colors:

    Dangerous Spouse Pics-hummingbird-5.30.20-3-5-.jpg


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    The next time I tried I set it up so the birds were more front lit (I taped over every hole except one, so the birds would have to use that one and be lit correctly).

    Before I set my tripod up though I did manage to get this one incredibly lucky handheld shot just before the sun was fully up:

    Dangerous Spouse Pics-hummingbird-no-feeder-1-1-.jpg

    Then:

    Dangerous Spouse Pics-hummingbird-perch-1-1-1-.jpg

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    Funny how the feather coloration can change in an instant as the bird moves. This is the same bird, from the same burst:

    Dangerous Spouse Pics-hummingbird-approach-1-1-1-.jpg

    A little later that guy showed up again, but the light was different so I spun the feeder once more:

    Dangerous Spouse Pics-hummingbird-ruby-throat-1-1-1-.jpg

    Finally, I had the bright idea to place the feeder between me and the camera, firing the camera with an IR remote. But this little bugger showed up first, as I was setting up, so I just pressed the shutter while I could:

    Dangerous Spouse Pics-ruby-throat-approach-june-1-1-1-.jpg

    After that I set up the chair across from the feeder, and...............waited.

    Quick note: my wife advised me to wear all red, since apparently hummingbirds find that color irresistible. I'm not normally this monochromatic

    A short while later a different hummingbird showed up, but as soon as I fired the shutter release he got scared and turned and shot off in an instant. This was the only picture I got - a Silence of the Lambs poster:

    Dangerous Spouse Pics-silence-humm-1-1-.jpg


    I didn't see any more hummingbirds that morning. Figures.

    In the afternoon I sat on the other side of the feeder, hoping to see them as the sun set. Unfortunately there are a lot - LOT - of trees on that side of my house, so the sunlight filtering through the leaves casts numerous, and shifting shadows. But the birds were much calmer, and actually stayed while I fired shot after shot. Of the several dozen I took a few actually had the bird illuminated in shafts of light while I remained in relative shadow:


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    Dangerous Spouse Pics-ruby-throat-approach-selfie-1-1-1-.jpg

    I even had time to mug for a shot or two:


    Dangerous Spouse Pics-green-perch-mugging-1-1-.jpg

    So that's what I've been doing in my few moments of downtime lately. I hope to get some better shots than this in the days to come, but for now I'm just happy that I got something other than merely a fleeting section of wing for the entire year again!

    I hope you are all doing well during these, er, "interesting times". My best to you all.


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  2. #62
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    Glad to see you back on the forum although you might still be sporadic. Nice series of images!
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  3. #63
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    Re: Dangerous Spouse Pics

    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    Glad to see you back on the forum although you might still be sporadic. Nice series of images!
    Thank you so much! I've gotta make time to do this more often, no matter how hectic things might be otherwise. It was actually very therapeutic, forcing me to get out of the news bubble and do something creative a bit.
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  4. #64
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    Re: Dangerous Spouse Pics

    i love it when a hummer sits on the feeder next to me
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  5. #65
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    Keep going out there. The hummingbirds will get used to you.
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  6. #66
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    Quote Originally Posted by nikonpup View Post
    i love it when a hummer sits on the feeder next to me
    This was the first time it ever happened to me, and it was absolutely a hoot. One time that green one actually landed on the stretched wire of my remote and just sat there looking around for a bit. It was very cool seeing him there, just inches from my hand.
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  7. #67
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dawg Pics View Post
    Keep going out there. The hummingbirds will get used to you.
    I hope so. Unlike my wife, so far my halitosis doesn't seem to be a deal breaker so maybe I have a chance
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  8. #68
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    I finally had a chance to take my camera someplace other than the woods around my house yesterday, the first time I've done so in quite some weeks. Although "out" was still not very far - about a mile away, to Lake Wawayanda.

    After taking my first ever HDR picture for last week's weekly competition I was eager to try it again. I took a couple on the wooded path leading to the lake (each is 5 shots):

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    And then at the beach:

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    This was focus stacked, not HDR:

    Dangerous Spouse Pics-beach-fence-shoreline-crop-1.jpg

    Even if the pics aren't particularly great, it was such a relief to get out of the house finally and play around. Hopefully I'll be able to do it again soon.
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  9. #69
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    I also took this picture on the beach the same day as the previous set:


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    Yes, it's a young couple walking their pet Sumatran miniature tiger.

    Or a dog who looks striped because the low sun is creating vertical shadows as it streams through the slats of the fence. Take your pick.

    Anyway, the point is that thanks to Cindy, I've been ever so slowly starting to dip my toes in the waters of PhotoShop. I haven't been able to get too far yet in to the series of lectures she was extraordinarily kind to hook me up with. But I have at least gotten far enough that I turned the above picture into this:


    Dangerous Spouse Pics-tiger-dog-2-1.jpg

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    There. Now they have the beach all to themselves. Romantic, isn't it? (I also cleaned up some of the beach around them, since I didn't want them to trip.)

    I'm sure that for most of the members here that level of PS manipulation is so basic as to not even be worth mentioning. But I am extraordinarily happy. So a massive thank you thank you again to Cindy for her thoughtfulness and help getting me started on that road. I can't tell you how much it's appreciated.
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  10. #70
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    You're welcome, DS. Just keep in mind Photoshop is a HUGE program compared with Lightroom. There is so much that Photoshop can accomplish - and quite often there's more than one way to perform many tasks. It will take time to absorb a lot of the info you are learning. Just take Photoshop in small bites. Work on the same things several times before moving onto new concepts. So get a few of the basics under your belt.

    And have fun! Glad you were able to get out to see a different area.
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